UPSC Interview Transcript by Eklavya Kumar (IMG Khan Board)

 
 
Interview Board: IMG Khan
Name: Eklavya Kumar
Interview Date/Year: 15th March 2013
 

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It was around 4:10 pm I guess

Me: good evening sir

Khan Sir: Good Afternoon…have your seat please….

 

Khan Sir (KS): So you are from NIT?

Me: Yes sir..

 

KS: Left job in 2009?

Me: Yes sir…

 

KS: Then?

Me: Sir I was preparing for civil services exam

 

KS: But this is not an occupation… you should have appeared in IES as well…

Me: Sir my aim is to become a civil servant, so I never thought about appearing in IES…

 

KS: But you must have appeared in some other competitive exam…at least to have a job…?

Me: Sir I got selected recently in ministry of railway thru SSC…

KS: well…but don’t u think u being an engineer, should have appeared for IES? (Stopping in between…)…Okk…Tell me, what all services are there in railways…

Me: Sir IRTS, IRPS….(thinking)

 

KS: And in engineering?

Me: Sir in electrical engineering?

 

KS: Yes, all services…

Me: Sir I am not getting your question…

 

KS: Isn’t there services for civil engineering and others?

Me: Sir there is civil, mechanical, and electronics which plays a vital part in controlling operations…

 

KS: What about stores?

Me: I was totally blank… (What he wants to know yaar..!!)

 

KS: Can u tell me the total no. of employees in railways?

Me: Sorry sir I don’t remember…

 

KS: Just a guess…

Me: Sir it should be around 2-3 lakhs..

 

KS: it’s much more than that…

 

M2: So you are from Bhopal…have u heard of Hamaams…ever been there?

Me:  Sir I have heard of them but never been there

 

M2: MP is witnessing a high growth in recent times…why and in which sectors specifically..?

Me: Sir the high growth percentage is mainly because of low base effect…we have been lagging behind in growth curve for quite some time…but now we are improving our governance and also creating opportunities for industrialization…blaa bla…..sir it is in agriculture that we have been doing well in recent times…

 

M2: What is the growth % in agriculture?

Me: Don’t know sir…

 

M2: Make a guess.

Me: Sir 8%?

 

M2: Is it not 18%?

Me: Don’t remember sir…

 

M2: Where do you see India 10 years down the line?

Me: sir there are two scenarios…if we implement reforms which have been proposed in different sectors and we get expected results…bla bla….told him about financial inclusion. Health indicators…demographic dividend…etc. etc…

 

M3: Name few dynasties of MP?
Me: Parmar Dynasty-Raja Bhoj..bla bla…about his contribution to art and culture…Scindias and Holkars of Maratha empire…Gond dynasty…

 

M3: Tell me about more earlier ones…

Me: Sir Chandela Rajputs…they built Khajuraho complex of temples…etc etc…

 

M3: Which was the capital of Gupta Empire in Central India..?

Me: sir it was Avanti, which is now known as Ujjain…

 

M3: (with his wicked smile)…you didn’t mentioned its name…and there are many more

Me: Sorry sir I don’t remember

 

M3: Tell me what Gupta age is known for?

Me: Sir during their rule our art and culture reached its pinnacle…etc. etc..

 

M3: Why India never invaded any one?

Me: Sir we were quite prosperous and rich economically and culturally…sir earlier in 15th century I think, we were kind of an economic superpower, accounting for some 26% of world GDP…

 

M3: Why did invaders came to our country…did Mohammed Ghouri came to develop India like Narendra Modi?…(He started laughing after finishing this question and others also joined in….it was tea time, they were having “aloo banda” as well…and my bheja was already frying with these kind of questions..:-(((…)

Me: sir they came here to loot and plunder our resources and for their own self-interest…development, if at all was a motive was only a means to their selfish ends…it was for their own welfare, not for our country and its people…

 

M3: Why did alexander came to India?

Me: Sir he wanted to conquer whole world…so he thought why leave India…his intentions were more ideological rather than for any material gains…

 

M3: Where was he born?

Me: Sir in ancient Greece

 

M3: Where in ancient Greece?

Me: Don’t know sir…

 

M3: Why was alexander called Sikander in India?

(M2: haan ek movie bhi aayi thi..sikander-e-azam….aur mukkadar ka sikander bhi…ha ha ha ha….@#$%&…still having that aloo banda in his hand..)

Me: Don’t know sir…

 

M4: Who wrote “Paradise Lost’? (My hobby reading novels, on-fiction and debating)

Me: Don’t know sir…

 

M4: Name fundamental rights…

Me: Named them…ended my answer with art 32…where we can enforce our fundamental rights in SC…

 

M4: what is the name of this right (art 32)?

Me: Didn’t get you sir?

 

M4: What do we call it…?

I was still blank…he told me…it is right to constitutional remedy….

Me: ohhkkk…Thank you sir…

 

M4: Name all writs?

Me: told him

 

M4: What is literal meaning of Haebas Corpus?

Me: Bring up the body… he nodded..

 

M4: Quo Warranto?

Me: Don’t know literal meaning…but told its meaning…

 

M4: no no…It is for mandamus…

Me: oh yes sir…sorry sir…than explained Quo Warranto…

 

M5: What is the frequency of power generated in India?

Me: 50 Hz.

 

M5: Is it the same everywhere?
Me: No sir some countries generate power at 60 Hz as well..

 

M5: only place in India where power is generated at 60 Hz?

Me: Don’t know sir…

 

M5: Its Sivasamudram project…

Me: Thank you sir…

 

M5: Where is this project?

Me: sir I don’t remember (bullshit)

M5: It’s in Karnataka…

 

Then he asked few questions on traction motor…

 

I answered all of them comprehensively. Told him about DC series motor…3 phase induction motor…and there characteristics…etc. etc….

 

M5: In which country, Christmas is celebrated in summer?

Me:  Sir in Southern Hemisphere…in Argentina, Chile…countries in Southern Africa… (Don’t know what got me…I was answering quite slowly…

 

And meanwhile Khan Sir intervened….is it not in Australia and New Zealand…

I said yes sir….he looked irritated….)

 

Khan Sir: Is Christmas celebrated on same date in all churches?

Me: Yes sir…but I think those who adhere to different tenets of Christianity, observe their own auspicious days… (A self-contradictory answer…an oxymoron…:-((..)

 

KS: No no…in Russia it is celebrated in January…and there are other dates as well…

KS: If you get IRPS, will u join it?

Me: Yes sir, because I have no other better option available… (Whole board laughing….)

 

KS: Okk, so have fun, go home, your interview is over…good day…

 

Me: Thank u sir….